Saboreando – Pot Full Of Soul

November 23, 2016 - Comment

BGP returns to the scene of our January compilation The Soul Of Spanish Harlem to release the complete original album from which one of the standout cuts has been lifted. The 107th Street Stickball Team is one of the rarest of the rare Latin soul collectables, released in tiny numbers by Ralph Lews Dorado label

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BGP returns to the scene of our January compilation The Soul Of Spanish Harlem to release the complete original album from which one of the standout cuts has been lifted. The 107th Street Stickball Team is one of the rarest of the rare Latin soul collectables, released in tiny numbers by Ralph Lews Dorado label and it is one of the finest releases to have been masterminded by Bobby Marin. This is the first ever reissue of its spectacular mix of soul, boogaloo and funk.

Marin was one of the busiest Latin producers of the 60s and 70s, with his productions for the Speed label being especially sought after, where his composition Ill Be A Happy Man by the Moon People recently formed the basis of Christina Aguileras pop smash Aint No Other Man. The 107th Street Stickball Bands LP was recorded in the period immediately after Bobby worked with Speed and has much of the same feel, from the funk workouts such as Barbara With The Kooky Eyes through the boogaloo workouts onto the wonderful soul grooves of cuts such as On Old Broadway.

The CD is finished off with the only three surviving cuts from a 1967 session put together by Bobby and his brother Richard (who produced the session). It is a Latin supergroup featuring among others – Tito Puente, Louie Ramirez and Jimmy Sabater, who went under the name Nitty Sextette. What they recorded was an absolutely amazing LP, which in their wisdom RCA rejected, and of which 40 years later only these three tracks remain, rescued from an acetate.

The booklet features an interview with Marin, with pictures from his archive.

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